Monday, December 23, 2013

Two New Espresso Blends

If you've been to our coffee shops in the past month you've probably noticed that we now have two new espresso blends - a big change for us, since we've always only had one blend. But for a while now, we've been feeling like we tried to do too many things in one blend. We struggled to have the aromatics we desire and still keeping it balanced. So we decided to split the one blend into two.

We're simply calling them Espresso 1 and Espresso 2. Sorry for the lack of rock-n-roll beer label attitude, but we're simple people here at TCC.

Espresso 1 is where we're going nuts in aromatic and juicy coffees. It's going to be wild and experimental, pushing the boundaries for espresso with emphasis on aromas. It won't be the most forgiving espresso to pull, but it's mind blowing when done right (if we may say so ourselves).

Right now this blend is composed of:
50 % El Desarollo , Colombia
25 % Yukro Natural, Etiopien
25% Kieni, Kenya

The Natural processed coffee from Yukro is a small-ish lot of 40 bags, that we had made on demand specifically for us. It lends an incredibly creamy mouthfeel to the blend as well as intense strawberry and apple aromas. It combines really well with the sharper acidity and dark berries from the Kieni and the base of washed El Desarollo.

Espresso 2 is all about the balance and mouthfeel. We'll explore sweetness and development of body a lot more in this blend. It's probably a more approachable flavour and one that taste great in milk drinks, without sacrificing our usual high standards. We do love a syrupy, creamy mouthfeel and a more balanced espresso as a contrast to the palate-challenging Espresso 1.

This blend is currently composed of three coffees from two farms:
60% Daterra, Brasilien - where 50% is a natural processed lot and 50% is the Pulped-Natural Sweet Collection.
40 % Yukro Washed, Etiopien

Our long-time espresso favourite Daterra makes up the majority of the blend, with it's sweet, clean and heavy mouthfeel. The washed Yukro makes it a little more balanced and gives it a touch of citrus, spice and nougat in the finish.

For the past many weeks we've been testing the two blends, finding the right compositions and roast profiles. We've also used extractions yields to dial in the two blends and are very happy with the results. We feel there is now room for exploring these two different paths much better.

Both blends are available in our webshop and coffee shops.

We've changed our recipe a little for these two new blends and recommend the following:

Dose: 19 g.
Brew weight: 37 g.
Time: 27-29 sec.

VST 18 g. ridgeless basket.
Machine temp at 93° C in the group.
Pressure at 9 bars with a 4-5 sec preinfusion.
Water at 100 ppm with 50 ppm bicarbonate hardness.

EBF: 51.4%
TDS: 9.8%
%EXT: 19.1%

But hey... feel free to do whatever you need to make it taste great !

We hope you enjoy these two new blends and have fun with them.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Opening Hours

The merry season is upon us!

We'll be open as much as possible, so you can satisfy your coffee needs. We will be closed on the actual holidays, though, and on January 1st you're gonna have to do your hangover brew yourself. 

Here are our special opening hours for the holidays:

20/12: 7-21
23/12: 7-20
24/12: Lukket
25/12: Lukket
26/12: Lukket
27/12: 8-20
28/12: 8-19
29/12: 8-19
30/12: 8-20
31/12: 8-15
1/1: Lukket

23/12: 8-19
24/12: Lukket
25/12: Lukket
26/12: Lukket
27/12: 9-19
28/12: 9-19
29/12: 9-19
30/12: 9-19
31/12: 9-15
1/1: Lukket

23/12: 7.30-19
24/12: Lukket
25/12: Lukket
26/12: Lukket
27/12: 7.30-19
28/12: 9-18
29/12: 10-18
30/12: 7.30-19
31/12: 7.30-15
1/1: Lukket

From January 2nd 2014 we'll continue our normal opening hours.

Merry Christmas everyone! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Coffee Collective Subscriptions

From the new year we'll start our new coffee subscription service.

Every month for six months we'll send you two bags of 250 g coffee directly to your home, and we'll pay the freight!

We can only offer this in Denmark so far, but hope to have an international subscription ready soon.

We'll have two options to begin with. A filter subscription and an espresso subsription.

The content will change every month. It will be a mix of coffees from our regular assortment and special one-off roasts not available in stores. Coffees will be sent out every first Tuesday of the month, beginning January 7th.

If you wish to gift this to someone, just write the receiver's address in the field Alternativ Leveringsadresse.